Thursday, April 30, 2015

Excuses, Excuses

I told you in my last post that I would explain why I haven't gotten much work done lately (or posted much lately). Here is my "excuse." In 2013, I had a post-vitreous detachment in my right eye. I'm told the condition is pretty common. That caused decreased vision and difficulty driving at night, but I could still see fairly well to do my hand sewing. THEN, I had a post-vitreous detachment in my left eye on April 2nd of this year. I knew what to expect from this condition, but by April 4, something had drastically changed. I was virtually blind in my left eye. I went to my eye doctor, and he sent me (that same afternoon) to a retinal specialist. They told me I had a vitreous hemorrhage. Anyway, I ended up having to have an eye surgery called a vitrectomy on April 15. I'm recovering now; but I can't drive, and I'm still having dark blurry vision. It is MUCH better than it was but still not good enough to do any detailed handwork. I CAN see well enough to baste my little hexies to ready them for English paper piecing. If you'd like to see what they did to my eye, you can watch here (WARNING--it is a bit graphic).

I did go to the Paducah Quilt Show. I'm sure you can easily get pictures of the ribbon winners from the show, so I'd like to share some of the quilts that didn't win awards but which I really liked.

I think this was my favorite pieced quilt. (There isn't a way to get a good picture of the quilts hung on the side of a "booth.") I was just fascinated with the TINY pieces and difficult piecing required for this quilt. It was made by Akiko Watanabe and is called A Time of Prayer.

This was probably my favorite traditional quilt. It is called Stars in my Garden and was made by the Riverwalk Quilters Guild. Zoom in to see the fabulous quilting on this one.

I was amazed with this quilt too. It looks like a "simple" brick quilt, but it is made spectacular by the color distribution in combination with the semi-circular appliqués on EACH "brick." The title of the quilt is The Red Sea, and it was made by Soyoung Chung.

I have a few more pictures to share along with some good news. Stay tuned.

 

4 comments:

Robbie said...

So sorry for all your eye issues/troubles! That's terrible!!! But it sounds like you are in good hands and will recover...take care!!!!

Robbie said...

So sorry for all your eye issues/troubles! That's terrible!!! But it sounds like you are in good hands and will recover...take care!!!!

Lisa Greenbow said...

I hope you are healing fast Beth. How scary. I had Gary explain it all to me.

That first quilt is gorgeous. My favorite.

Dana Kroeger said...

Sorry to hear about your eye surgery but thankfully you got it taken care of quickly so I am hoping for a quick full recovery. The quilts you liked and have listed are so beautiful. Hard to believe they didn't win any prizes.